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As I sit here in the house all quiet with children sleeping and my husband at work, I once again think of how blessed I am.  Is my life perfect?  No!  It is far from perfect but one thing I know to be true is that I serve a perfect God who loves me uniquely and perfectly.  To look at me from the outside, most days lately I’m sure I look and seem like a mess– which honestly is how I have been feeling.  I haven’t felt good in my body and I have been tired, there has been a lot of changes both good and bad.

One thing that has really been on my heart lately is my precious Grandmother whom I have blogged about before, we have shared so much and our family has been so blessed to have her as long as we have.  We have been told and can see that she does not have long left on this earth, she is seeing people that she hasn’t seen in a long time and walking all over the place (when in actuality she hasn’t gotten out of the bed).  To some this post may seem morbid and I truly hope no one takes it that way because I have talked to her and she told me that she is right with Jesus and ready to see him, she also called me back to tell me about some of her siblings that she will see there too.  Does it bother me that she is ready to leave?  Yes and no, yes because I will miss her and I guess I’m selfish in that way but no because she has lived a good life (no she has never had riches but all she did have she would give) and is about to go to our Heavenly home– what a joyful day that will be for her and those waiting to meet her.  My heart aches because she is my last grandparent but I can also rejoice in the fact that I have wonderful ones that took me as their own when I married Joe.   I am so thankful for her and her unselfish life, I will never forget the road trips just down the road but we had to have a “snack” because you didn’t travel without food, those wonderful hair washes that she gave, the breakfasts in bed, the “It’s okay, you don’t have to go to school today– I’ll tell your Mommy and Daddy.”  I could go on and on about all of my memories but I’m not sure there is enough time or room because I am sure more will come.  Was she perfect?  No, she wasn’t and isn’t but I choose to think about the good and not the bad– one thing is for sure, if she was for you– then she was for you, no matter what.

I will proudly say thank you Grandma for the sacrifices that you made and for taking us to church, I will always remember you taking us and the Vacation Bible Schools we attended as well as when you would go with us to Woodland, thank you for loving all of us the way that you did.  My life as well as so many others truly is richer because you’ve been in it.  I love you!

” I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.” Philippians 1:3

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The Healed Leper

Tonight as I was reading I read the story of the Ten Lepers in Luke 17:11-19.  This is a story that I believe we can all relate to but are we like the one?  We read in this passage that Jesus healed ten lepers but only one came back to give him thanks.  I am sure the other nine were glad to be healed but they did not come back and we read that Jesus said to him “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?  18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”  

This reminds me that no matter how busy I am, I should never be too busy to stop and praise God for everyone of His blessings.   I am thankful for so many things; tonight I want to say thank you God for healing me emotionally and providing for our every need even we don’t realize we have a need.  I was reminded of how we want our children to have manners, be respectful and remember to say please and thank you but often we forget our own “rules” when it comes to our Father God, creator of the entire world.  I know I want to be the one that remembers to praise God and be thankful; how about you?  Blessings from one healed leper to another.

While prepping things to get ready for a family Thanksgiving lunch today, I was reminded of how much I have to be thankful for.  I was greeted by this precious smile in the kitchen that was so happy to be awake and see me even tho I wasn’t planning on him getting up yet.  He needed some mommy help and I was able to give it and then get him and sister playing, hoping they wouldn’t wake up Daddy and big brother.  I was able to read my Bible and devotion this morning and for that I am thankful because many people do not have that privilege or even realize how precious the Word is.  I am so thankful that God loved me enough to send Jesus to die on the cross for me and thankful that Jesus loved us enough to do so.  I am thankful for my parents for loving us and raising us the best that they could and knew how.  I am thankful for my parents that I gained when I got married because they love me like their own too and I realize everyone is not that blessed.  I am thankful for all of my sisters and brothers whether by birth or by marriage- each one is a blessing in my life.  I am so thankful for my hardworking husband that loves the Lord with all his heart and because of that he can love me and kids the way we need for him too.  His patience amazes me, while I may get frustrated about whats going on with the kids or life in general, he will take the time to talk calmly to us and help us see things in a different light.  God knew what He was doing when He sent Joe to me!  I am so thankful for all 3 of our children, each one has their own unique, special personalities and are precious treasures to our family. I am thankful that God has shown me that each one is different and needs to be loved uniquely.

I have not began to cover all that I am thankful for, like a house to live in, a warm bed to sleep in, a car to drive, food to eat but I would encourage all of us to think of all that we have to be thankful for and let each other know what they mean to us.

Blessings to you and Happy Thanksgiving!

It has been a long time since I posted and as I think of all that I have to be thankful for I cannot help but think of this past weekend.  Our church went to Woodland Christian Camp and spent the weekend, we had a great time of family,friends, food, fellowship and fun.  We really got to show the love of God by loving on and serving each other.  I am so proud that my Grandma, who is 83 got to go with us this year, she has gone many times in the past but was unable to go last year and we really weren’t sure if she’d be able to go this year because lately she hasn’t been her “spunky, fiesty” self. I saw a work of God through her this past weekend because the previous weekend and during the week she was tired and wore out but there she was able to fish, fellowship and enjoy the love of those around her.  I remember at one point thinking “this is hard,” trying to make sure that she was having a good time and trying to keep her from getting hurt but thankfully I quickly heard the Holy Spirit telling me that these were precious memories that I would have to treasure.  On Saturday afternoon, we went down to the lake and she fished with our youngest son Pierce and she has so much fun showing him the fish and helping him “catch” one.  On Sunday morning, before we had our church service I came back into my room from running to take some of our things home and found her sweeping our room.  I told her I was going to do that when I got back and she told me that she had it and “to be quiet and get out of there.” She told me that she was going to get our room, her room and the bathroom that we shared.  I said okay and told her I would be glad to help but realized she was more like herself. A few minutes later, when church service was starting she came walking in without her cane or walker and said “I heard the music and didn’t want to be late.”

I am so thankful that God loves us all so much and shows us that with Him all things are possible and we can do all things through Jesus who strengthens us.  Lately, I have been doing some self evaluation and have realized that there is a lot that needs to be changed but I am so thankful to know that not only will God show me what needs to change but also how to change it. 

Blessings to all of you!

Grandma and Pierce

fishing at Woodland Christian Camp May 28,2012

This morning the Lord has really been showing me His love and how much I truly need and want Him to lead my life.  The morning started out rough because I have been under an attack spiritually.  My emotions were running rampant and I could fuss, cry or anything else at the drop of a hat.   I was reminded of last nights’ awesome church service, which was full of peace.  I realized that I needed a good ole filling from the God’s precious Word.  I opened up my Bible and I said “Father you know what I need,” He let me open to Psalm 118 but first the bookmark that was there caught my attention.  It said “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plan to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Both scriptures were much needed for me this morning because I know God is good, He loves me, His mercy and loving-kindness endures forever and He has plans to prosper me and give me hope and a future.  I am believing for big things that will only come to pass by Him and through Him.  I was also impressed to come back to my blog and share more of what I am thankful for.  I hope that this blog blesses and encourages you, remember “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!” Psalm 118:1

51) The Word, that is alive and changing my life

52) Having heat, this morning it is cold outside.

53) Revelation Journey at church, lives were changed 🙂

54) Our Hallelujah Festival, we had over 130 people there!

55) Another year with my Daddy, today is his birthday.

56) That my older sister will be home soon

57) That Dustin got finished with his book report

58) That we know the enemy has nothing good for us (John 10:10)

59) Phone calls from Joe when he’s at break and lunch

60) That God always meets every need we have

61) For our Grandparents

62) Family time

63) Our recent trip to the pumpkin patch, it was free and the kids had fun!

64) Pierce loving books

65) Amelia’s artistic side

66) Dustin’s 11th birthday that’s coming up

67) The Book, “One Month to Live,” Thirty days to a no-regrets life.

68) Sunday school

68) Bible Quest, I am learning so much from these expeditions

69) For my husband sense of humor

70) That God lets me be Joe’s wife and that he loves me

71) For the flowers that he brought me home

72) For him remembering that Amelia likes flowers too and bringing her home some.

73) For knowing that this too shall pass, when a problem comes our way

74) For family and friends to share this journey of life with

75) For children that need and want their Mommy/Mama.

76) Our warm bed

77) The full bed, full of all 3 kids plus us 🙂

78) Family traditions

79) Big families

80) That God hasn’t given up on me!

81) That Pierce is talking more and more

82) cookies/brownies with milk

83) Peace that passes all understanding

84) Making the bus on mornings when we are running a little behind

85)For our health

86) friends that you can count on when needed

87) For being able to share my blessings with others

88) The people that shared Jesus with me

89) for Flylady (not that I have it all figured out)

90) The privilege to pray for others

91) Dustin is doing better in school

92) facebook

93) Kids that are playing peacefully together

94) School breaks

95) Knowing that it all goes back to God, without Him my life would be pointless

96) for restoration

97) for the testimony I heard from Geronimo Aguilar on Focus on the Family

98) That God calls me His daughter, I truly am a princess to Him

99) That I’m learning and growing

100) For the Ladies ministry at church

Today I am going to continue listing  things that I am thankful for, I realize I may never be able to name everything but I have been inspired to continue listing as long as I possible can.

39. So thankful for my church and that I have the privilege to worship and serve the Lord with such an awesome body of believers.

40. For God sending me teaching that I need when I need it.

41. For living close to most of my family (even though some I still don’t see often enough)

42. For the visit that I just recently had with my older sister

43. For the time I get to spend with my grandmother

44. For the peace I have knowing that I will see many loved ones again when I get to Heaven- what a reunion that will be 🙂

45. For the people who took the time to show me what the love of Jesus was all about when I wasn’t in church (Pop Kuter)

46. For God loving me inspite of my flaws and failures

47. For people that challenge me to be the best I can be

48. For phone calls from family and friends

49. nap/quiet time

50. That while things may look impossible with man, all things are possible with God.